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Go!Active @ The Arc

Guides from Holymoorside are celebrating after successfully sliding the ‘Flume’ 100 times to complete a mile to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and celebrate the Unit’s 100th birthday this year.

Members of the 1st Holymoorside Unit, aged between 10 years and 14 years old raised £139 and were supported by family and friends as they completed the Mile for Macmillan challenge at Go! Active @The Arc leisure facility in Clowne on Thursday 4 May 2017.Pictured are members of the Holymoorside Girl Guides underneath the slide at Go! Active

The group are one of over 4,000 Girlguiding Midlands units to join forces with Macmillan as part of a new charity partnership to raise £72,000 for people affected by cancer this year.

One girl said that it had been a really fun way to help people who were poorly and needed a Macmillan Nurse. Another said ‘We all had to go down the flume until we had done a total of one hundred times even though we only needed to do it 97 times , but it is our one hundredth birthday so we did three more to celebrate that as well.’

Gill Ball, Leader at the Unit said: “We had great fun supporting Macmillan in this way and getting the local community aware of our activities for such a good cause. All money raised will help fund vital Macmillan services in local communities right across Derbyshire so that no one has to face cancer alone.”

Pippa Lock Partnership Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support says, “I’d like to thank all the girls from the Holymoorside Unit for taking the time to support Macmillan. We hope everyone involved enjoyed Mile for Macmillan and will keep supporting them as they try and raise much needed funds for people affected by cancer throughout 2017.”

Girlguiding is the UK’s leading charity for girls and young women, giving all girls the opportunity to grow in confidence and discover their potential.

Every year Girlguiding Midlands offers a host of exciting opportunities for girls and young women to go on an adventure – from international trips and art extravaganzas to sleepovers in zoos and theme parks and science investigation days.

For more information about how to join Girlguiding– the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK – visit their website. They have leadership and non –leadership opportunities for adults as well as programmes for the girls.

Members of the Bolsover WI will be taking part in the Bolsover Hill Race on Sunday 21 May. They are hoping to enter a team of 12 walkers all wearing a specially made fancy dress costume inspired by the Calendar Girls.

The race involved a series of 1 mile races where people can walk, run or cycle up a one mile course starting at Villas Road and finishing at Castle Street. There are prizes for the fastest male and female in both the running and cycling categores, plus a prize for best fancy dress – with a special children’s race for those who wanted to walk up the Hill with mum and dad. Pictured is (l to r) Susan Coulton(Vice-President), Lindsay Fish (President), Joan Stevenson and Christine Wright.

Sue Coulton, 65 from Bolsover volunteered at the first Bolsover Hill Race last year. Later that year she and members of the WI attended a talk at the Proact Stadium, from the real Calendar Girls. It was this which inspired them to take part in the event this year.

Sue said, “I think listening to the girls and how they came up with the calendar really made us think of what we could do to support a charity. In effect they inspired us to take on the Hill Race, though we are not as brave as them and won’t be taking our kit off. We’re really looking forward to taking part and will be using some appropriately placed Sunflowers on our outfits to mark what the girls did.”

Entry to the Hill Race costs only £10 for adults, with a free place for Under 12s for every paying adult. All profit from the event will go to the NGS Macmillan Unit Appeal, at Chesterfield Royal Hospital
Sue has a personal reason for wanting to take part, she added, ‘It’s so important to have a new cancer treatment closer to home. I lost my daughter to cancer when she was only 12, and we had to travel every day to Weston Park for treatment. It was really hard, so I know that by having this unit near to us is going to make such a huge difference.”

The running race was sponsored by Great Bear Distribition.  If you would like to run, walk or cycle the Bolsover Hill Race, sign up online.

Six properties have now been built on the former Blackwell Hotel site which, in recent years, has been an eyesore for local residents.

The development is the second to be progressed through the B@Home programme, which was procured through EEM Ltd. It’s a multi-million pound investment in new housing for us as we are working in partnership with Robert Woodhead Ltd over a four-year period. Picture are council, Woodhead and EEM representatives outside the new properties in Blackwell

The programme aims to deliver an anticipated 150 high quality, energy efficient homes, which will address local housing needs across the District. 13 properties have been built so far, with another eight on Fir Close in Shirebrook nearing completion and work is starting on a further 49 this year.

Built on the derelict site of the former Blackwell Hotel, the new development boasts five 2 bedroom houses and a 2 bedroom bungalow on the corner of Primrose Hill and Alfreton Road.

Work on the site began early last summer and was completed mid-April. Due to high demand, all of the properties were tenanted and occupied within one week of completion.

Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor John Ritchie said, “This second stage development of council homes in our district is another step forward to achieving our goal of around 150 homes over four years.

“It’s not just about housing, 9 work experience students from Tibshelf Community School have worked on this Blackwell development.

"These students were studying for the WJEC Level 1 First Award in Construction in The Built Environment and have gained valuable first-hand experience on this site, also with 94% of subcontractor spend being within 40 miles of site, we are proving that we are delivering both social and economic benefits to our district.

“Being able to provide our residents with quality homes is a priority and if we can regenerate a derelict piece of land to improve the overall appearance of the area, then that is a bonus.”

Glenn Slater, Business Development Director at Robert Woodhead Ltd, said: “The B@Home partnership aims to create a positive impact on the District, not just by building new homes for local families, but in providing a wide range of work experience, training and job opportunities.

“What makes this development special is Bolsover District Council’s ability to take direct action to rapidly progress a run-down site and create six brand new family homes, which contribute to the local community, while creating an attractive streetscene.”

Rebecca Dermody, Head of Operations for EEM Ltd, said: “We always aim to develop frameworks which help our members achieve the best value, in addition to offering wider community benefits.

“B@Home is one of our flagship projects, which embodies all the values and vision we have for the frameworks we develop. It’s fantastic to see the second site completed on this project, and we look forward to watching the scheme progress further.”

A Shirebrook man who admitted burning waste at his home has been ordered to pay £492 by Magistrates.

Chesterfield Magistrates found David Steers guilty of disposing of controlled waste at his home on Vale Drive, Model Village, Shirebrook and was ordered to pay a total of £492 consisting of costs of £290, fine of £182 and victim surcharge of £20.

In 2014, residents of Shirebrook Model Village had all received a letter advising them not to burn rubbish.

Back on 23 March 2016, our officers together with Derbyshire Constabulary, were undertaking evening patrols to identify illegal burning when they smelt a strong burning smell which they immediately identified as burning plastic.

They attended a fire burning with a significant amount of ash in the rear garden of Mr Steers property. When questioned, Mr Steers stated that he had ignited the fire to get rid of some old kitchen cupboards, bed-frame and a mattress.

Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Brian Murray-Carr said, “This individual had been warned previously about burning waste in his garden, so he had no excuse.

“We are delighted with the Courts decision and feel that the fine sends a clear message out to people – do not burn rubbish at your home that causes a nuisance or face the consequences!”

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